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Q: Is there intelligent life in outer space?

A: A number of leading evolutionists, like the late Dr. Carl Sagan, have popularized the idea that there must be intelligent life in outer space. From an evolutionary perspective, it would make sense to suggest such a possibility. People who believe this possibility contend that, if life evolved on earth by natural processes, intelligent life must exist somewhere else in the far reaches of space, given the size of the universe and the millions of possible planets.
One can postulate endlessly about possibilities of intelligent life in outer space, but I believe a Christian worldview, built on the Bible, rejects such a possibility. Here is why.
During the six days of creation in Genesis 1, we learn that God created the earth first. On day four He made the sun and the moon for the earth, and then "He made the stars also" (Genesis 1:16).
From these passages of Scripture it would seem that the earth is very special—it is center stage. Everything else was made for purposes relating to the earth. For instance, the sun, moon, and stars were made "for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" (Genesis 1:14).

Continue reading as Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, addresses the biblical and theological implications of extraterrestrial life.

Weekly Quick Answer

What should Christians think of Earth Day?
A lot of what is promoted on "Earth Day" (April 22) certainly sounds admirable—such as planting trees, reducing pollution, and conserving natural resources. But many Earth Day celebrations also have evolutionary foundations, and are a doorway to paganism and New Age mysticism.
Christians are to be good stewards in caring for the earth (Genesis 1:28), but we are not to worship it. Instead, we must use it for man's good—and to God's glory.
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News to Note Quick Look

Demotion over design?: For an employee of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Los Angeles, sharing his views on the origins issue in the workplace was allegedly grounds for a demotion. Read more.

Passerine problem-solvers: They're back in the news: crows, which sometimes seem to rival—or beat out—dolphins and chimps for the title of "man's closest intellectual rival." Read more.


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